WHO ARE WE?
Almost 100 years ...
The history of the company began in 1920 in the heart of Aix-en-Provence
Nougat: first love
In the heart of Aix-en-Provence, the historic capital of the almond, there was once a confectioner’s workshop called the “Nougaterie du Roy René”. In 1920, Ernest Guillet, a artisan, took over the workshop so that he could make his own nougat and calisson recipes there. Its way of working in the purest Provençal tradition guarantees its immediate success.
The return of the calisson
In 1947, his son René, decided to highlight a confectionery cult of the city of Aix-en-Provence, and emblem of the Provencal region: the most “Provencal cuddle”, the famous calisson d'Aix. This confectionery then became the heart of the activity of the house, to the point that the latter renamed itself “Calissons du Roy René” in 1948.
The third generation
In 1980, Anne Guillet, daughter of René, took over the reins of the company and carried on the tradition, ensuring that calisson lovers could continue to enjoy all the flavour and fineness of this Provençal delicacy. She married Maurice Farine, who became CEO of the business, and helped to develop the company (modernization, specialized ranges, public reception).
A new impetus
At the service of this century-old know-how came the local child Olivier Baussan, founder of the OCCITANE, the Ecomusée de l'Olivier, Oliviers & Co and shareholder of the fine grocery stores Maison Brémond 1830.
After the lavender and the olive, this lover of Provence has great ambitions for almonds... and Calisson!
Managing Director, since 2014, Laure has been promising the Confiserie a brilliant future as a spokesperson for Provençal taste and flavours. "The calisson of Aix rocked my childhood... it was for me the expected moment of the Christmas Eve. Today, it is a common desire with our entire team to pass on this tradition. »
THE LEGEND OF ROY RENÉ
A BLESSED DELICACY
Since 1630 the plague epidemic that had ravaged the Aix-en-Provence region ended. As a sign of gratitude, Assessor Martelly pledged to have a thanksgiving service dedicated to the Virgin of the Seds, patron saint of the City of Aix, celebrated every year. It was during one of these services that the Calissons were distributed. This tradition has been perpetuated over the centuries and still brings the people of Aix together today. Thus, since 1630, the calissons have been blessed every first Sunday in September.
A CENTURIES-OLD RECIPE
LABELS & CERTIFICATIONS
Calissons chips elected flavor of the year
International Trophy of the Chefs d'Or